The new Northcott Banyan Batiks are amazing!

The new Northcott Banyan Batiks are amazing!

Nellie and I recently had the opportunity to design a couple patterns using Northcott’s new Banyan Batiks!

These fabrics are so beautiful an we had such fun making the quilts that they took to Fall Quilt Market.

Our Starstruck pattern using the Sophie line was featured on the Northcott website:

And here’s our other pattern – Batik Bricks which using the Ketan basics fabrics:

A Simple But Amazing Tool

A Simple But Amazing Tool

Every once in awhile, my Gammill does this weird thing and leaves random loops of top thread on the back of a quilt.

Up until now, I’ve struggled with how to fix the back of the quilt. I recently discovered the Snag Magic tool and it works so well to fix these loops! Basically it’s a heavy needle with a flexible loop on the end.

You insert the needle at the base of the thread loop and catch it in the loop of the needle…

You insert the needle at the base of the thread loop and catch it in the loop of the needle, then pull to put the fabric loop into the batting. So easy!!!

This tool is so much easier to use than what I was using – a punchneedle threader. I’m so glad that Doug at Snag Magic asked me to give the tool a try!

Check out their website at http://www.snagmagic.com/

 

A simple yet amazing tool

A simple yet amazing tool

Every once in awhile, my Gammill does this weird thing and leaves random loops of top thread on the back of a quilt.

Up until now, I’ve struggled with how to fix the back of the quilt. I recently discovered the Snag Magic tool and it works so well to fix these loops! Basically it’s a heavy needle with a flexible loop on the end.

You insert the needle at the base of the thread loop and catch it in the loop of the needle…

You insert the needle at the base of the thread loop and catch it in the loop of the needle, then pull to put the fabric loop into the batting. So easy!!!

This tool is so much easier to use than what I was using – a punchneedle threader. I’m so glad that Doug at Snag Magic asked me to give the tool a try!

Check out their website at http://www.snagmagic.com/

Quilting Inspiration

Quilting Inspiration

A surefire way to get quilting inspiration

Sometimes a girl just needs to buy some fabric!!

So I’ve been working on my version of our New Beginnings Block of the Month quilt all year, using a beautiful selection of batiks in white/cream, navy, turquoise/teal and orange/fucshia but this month I was having a little trouble getting inspired to make my block!!

I happened to be at Taylor Sewing Centre to drop off some quilt samples for the classes that I’m going to be teaching so I decided to see what new batiks had arrives.

I came home with a nice little selection that tied in beautifully with my other fabrics:

When I got home and added them to the fabrics that I’ve already been working with, I immediately wanted to get working on my October block!!

Nothing like some new fabric to get a girl inspired!!